On May 23, 2012 the Library of Congress announced its annual addition of 25 audio recordings to its National Recording Registry, a compendium of sound recordings to be preserved as representative of America's cultural, artistic and historic treasures. The Registry contains commercial recordings of every music genre as well as spoken word, radio broadcasts, anthropological recordings and news.
This year's additions include recordings by musical artists as diverse as Leonard Bernstein, Bo Diddley and the Grateful Dead, as well as documentary recordings featuring Edward R. Murrow and the voices of former Civil War-era slaves. By clicking through this gallery you may also listen to audio samples of the latest additions.
Among those newly named to the Registry:
Donna Summer: "I Feel Love" (1977)
Summer had found early success in Europe, before becoming an international star with her 1977 electronic dance hit "I Feel Love" (co-written with producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Belotte). Summer's voice glittered over the throbbing Moog synthesizers and bass line.